What can tow an Aliner? (21+ tips)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: What can tow an Aliner? We will discuss what is the best type of vehicle for towing an Aliner camper; how to know the maximum allowed weight that your car can tow. We will also share 21 basic tips for towing any type of camper. 

What can tow an Aliner?

Almost any car can tow an Aliner camper, even 4 cylinder vehicles. Their weight ranges between 1180 lbs to 2500 lbs, depending on the camper model. Please see the table below for more information on the dimensions and the dry weight of an Aliner camper. 

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Aliner Camper ModelLength of the CamperWidth of the CamperHeight of the CamperWeight of the Camper
Classic15′78″57″1590 lbs
Expedition18′84″68″1850 lbs
Family18′84″57″< 2000 lbs
Family Scout18′84″57″< 2000 lbs
LXE15′78″57″2500 lbs
Ranger 1012′ 8″78″58″1225 lbs
Ranger 1215′78″57″2500 lbs
Scout15′78″56″2500 lbs
Scout-Lite13′78″57″1180 lbs
Titanium 1013′78″66″< 3000 lbs
Titanium 1215′78″66″< 3000 lbs

How can I know if my car can tow an Aliner camper?

 The first thing you are going to do if you are going to buy a camper is if the car you currently have is capable of towing it. How can you check it? Very easy. You just have to look at the datasheet of the car and verify the maximum towable mass that it allows. 

In addition to this, you must have the corresponding hitch on the back of the vehicle and pass a technical inspection so that said modification is reflected.

How to choose the best car to tow an Aliner camper?

 In addition to checking the load that each vehicle can drag, power is another factor that most influences the towing of campers. The weight of the camper is decisive to know how your vehicle will respond on trips. 

For example, if the camper has a weight of about 2000 lbs, it may be that with a car of about 90CV it will be enough for it to respond well on the way. However, what you should keep in mind is that it is not recommended that the trailer weighs more than the towing vehicle, in this case, your car.

 And it is that in case something unforeseen arises on the road, your vehicle will respond in a more complicated way, putting you and the passengers at risk. If you are thinking of buying a second-hand vehicle to take your camper safely, check the documentation for the measurements, weight and authorized masses of the used car you are interested in. With this data, calculate the mass ratio of both vehicles.

SUVs and pick-up trucks have become one of the most popular types of cars in the second-hand market. In addition to being very comfortable when driving long distances, they are perfect as a towing vehicle. 

Are you looking for the best SUVs to take a camper with you this summer? Virtually all brands today have one or more models that are perfectly suitable for towing a camper and will also adapt to your needs as a driver.

What can I tow with my car?

 If you are not thinking only of towing campers and you have another type of towing in mind, you should know that with your hitch you can carry other types of loads: luggage trailers, animal trailers, trailer platforms, etc. The regulations divide the type of trailer into two groups: not light and light.

The latter refers to when the maximum mass is equal to or less than 1650 lbs. You do not need insurance or a different driving license than usual, but the vehicle must be prepared for towing.

Non-light trailers exceed 1650 lbs and have a braking system. You need your own driving license and insurance and a specific license plate. For a trailer that exceeds this weight, the driver needs a B clearance in addition to his B driving license.

With all the information we have offered you, you will see that buying a car depends on the factors that each driver is looking for. In the case of a second-hand vehicle to be able to tow, the buyer must assess the minimum requirements that this acquisition must-have. 

21 tips to tow an Aliner camper

Read carefully the best tips you should follow to drive an Aliner camper or any other trailer safely.

  1. Check the MAM or maximum authorized mass of the camper: for this, consult the camper’s technical sheet. The difference between the MAM and its TARE (unladen weight) will be the weight that the camper can carry.
  1. Check the MTM or maximum towable mass of your car. This figure appears on the technical sheet and indicates the maximum weight that a vehicle can safely tow. To avoid putting yourself in danger, the MTM of your car must be higher than the MAM of your camper.
  1. Avoid overloading the camper to avoid exceeding the MAM, since the excess weight has a critical impact on the safety of camper driving.
  1. Use the engine brake on downhills. If you are descending a ramp, try not to exceed 60 mph, using low gear.
  1. Open yourself as much as possible in the turns. When driving with a trailer, sharp turns should be avoided entirely. Open up as much as you can. Of course, always take the roundabouts in the outer lane.
  1. Check the condition of the tires of the car/camper set before starting the journey. Check both the pressure and the wear of the wheels, paying attention that the tread pattern is at least 1.7 mm. Tires with the wrong pressure are dangerous, and can critically extend the braking distance, or incur the risk of blowouts.
  1. Carefully check the hitch of the camper to the vehicle. Do not be in a hurry to start the trip, do all the necessary checks.
  1. Carefully observe speed limits. The limit on motorways and motorways for vehicles with campers is 55 mph. The limit is 50 mph on secondary roads with several lanes in each direction or shoulder width of a meter and a half, 45 on other types of secondary roads, and 30 in urban areas.
  1. Drive smoothly and evenly. Braking, steering and acceleration can dangerously destabilize the car camper as a whole. Maintain a stable speed with which you feel comfortable, regardless of what other vehicles pass you, trucks included.
  1. Avoid overtaking. Unless the situation is completely safe, avoid passing other vehicles, and don’t feel compelled to do so.
  1. Anticipate any unforeseen event in traffic. The best way to comply with the previous point is to try to prevent changes in the direction and speed of other vehicles, the change of traffic lights, etc …
  1. Keep in mind that you will always be the slowest vehicle. You will always accelerate the slowest, and the top speed will be the lowest as well.
  1. Control the height. Keep in mind that campers are much taller than the vehicles that tow them. Pay special attention to traffic signs, balconies, branches, etc … Of course, keep in mind that you will not be able to access an underground car park.
  1. Increase the safety distance. Keep in mind that the stopping distance when towing a camper will be much greater than when driving only with a car.
  1. Use special rear-view mirrors for campers and always look at them before making any manoeuvre. The more they stick out, the more vision you will have.
  1. Respect rest periods as much as possible. Driving towing a camper requires full concentration, so it is essential that you do it while in full condition.
  1. Plan your route and drive slowly. Driving towing a camper can be stressful if you still don’t feel safe, so you should avoid any source of additional stress that could affect your driving performance.
  1. Watch for gusts of wind. Campers are much more vulnerable to wind blows and are easily destabilized when this occurs. Take extreme precautions in these circumstances.
  1. Be careful when a truck passes you. When this happens, there is usually a kind of suction that can dangerously destabilize your outfit. Hold the wheel tight and stay in your lane. If you are passed by a large vehicle such as a trailer or a bus, you can lean slightly to the right to reduce the absorption effect.
  1. Get out of the vehicle if necessary. If you are trying to park a camper at the campsite, or you do not see yourself capable of passing through a narrow street, it is best to get out of the vehicle to have an outside view or ask someone else to guide you in the manoeuvre for help.
  1. Practice the basic manoeuvres. It is a good idea to go with your camper to an industrial estate or any other area with little traffic, and practice basic manoeuvres, such as turning in roundabouts or reversing turns.

Bonus tip: Turn the steering wheel to the opposite side when you go to park the camper, or any other trailer, in reverse.

The bottom line

Following our tips, you will definitely have a safe and pleasant journey while towing your Aliner camper. Please remember to always check with the manufacturer’s manual whether your car can tow a caravan/trailer and what is the maximum towing capacity for both unbraked and braked vehicles.

And if you have any questions or comments on the content, please feel free to get in contact!

FAQ on What can tow an Aliner?

Are Aliners easy to tow?

Yes, Aliners are easy to tow and set up. This lightweight camper is very comfortable and among our favourites campers for small families or for couples. 

How much does an A-liner camper cost?

Depending on the version and options, an Aliner camper can cost between $11200 to $26299. There are nine different Aliner campers to choose from and you can read more about them here.

What percentage of max towing capacity is safe?

A percentage of 80% or 75% of max towing capacity would be safe and recommendable. 

How do you know if you tow too much weight?

You know you are towing too much weight when the rear of the truck will appear hunkered down and the front end will feel light.

How do you know the weight that is carried?

There are all kinds of scales to know the weight carried both on the shaft and the lance. They exist from scales for the wheels to scales for the lance, passing through wheels that have the scale incorporated.

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